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DENVER (AP) — Mikko Rantanen and Alex Newhook scored in the second period and the Colorado Avalanche beat the Nashville Predators 3-1 on Saturday night.

Kale Makar had an empty-net goal and an assist in the final minute and Alexander Georgiev stopped 25 shots for Colorado, which bounced back from Thursday’s loss at Buffalo in the second game of its five-game homestand.

Jose Saros made 27 saves and Matt Duchene scored the lone goal for the slumping Predators, who are 0-4-2 after a three-game winning streak dating back to late November and early December.

“Saros has been great every night,” said Nino Niederreiter, who had the lone assist on Duchene’s goal. “We’ve got to make sure we find a way to win more hockey games. We did some good things, but we have to make sure we play the full 60 minutes.”

Rantanen hit the post on his first shot attempt on the power play and seconds later beat Saros high from the right circle at 8:38 of the second period. It was his 21st goal of the season and sixth in the last five games.


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